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Business Observer Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 11 years ago

Unemployment up to 11.9%

Roughly 1.1 million members of Florida's work force do not have jobs.

Florida's unemployment rate for September is 11.9%, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month, according to the Agency for Workforce Innovation.

The agency released unemployment numbers for individual counties as well. Click here for a chart comparing the most recent unemployment numbers for each Gulf Coast county to last year's rates.

As a region, Florida's Gulf Coast has lost roughly 4,684 net jobs over the past year, and total unemployment stands at 258,534. In contrast, current total statewide employment is 7,208,300, representing a net job gain of 27,200 since September 2009.

The Tampa Bay area has the largest impact on regional unemployment trends. Of the 4,684 jobs lost over the past 12 months, 3,710 of those losses occurred in Hillsborough, Pasco, or Pinellas counties.

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